Keep track of your projects with FabuList for the BlackBerry PlayBook

By Alicia Erlich on 3 Nov 2011 08:56 am EDT

FabuList by StandAlone Mobile Applications is a unique to-do list and project management application for the PlayBook that utilizes your entire screen to plan and map out projects or tasks. I'm a very visual person when it comes to organization. I need to see everything in front of me or I wind up forgetting, even when using my BlackBerry. One missed alarm and there goes what I need to get done. I guess I'm old fashioned and it's the reason why organizers and apps have come and gone.

I like to think of FabuList as my own digital flow chart. Rather than having items listed in a specific order there are presented as blocks of data laid out across the PlayBook's screen. This means no having to scroll or sort through multiple items to find the one you want and no drop down menus needed. This is great because it doesn't require a search feature. I can document, chart my progress, color code, and complete my tasks all from my PlayBook. No having to bridge to my device or use an internet connection.

Just tap on the main projects displayed on the left side of the screen and all items for that project fill the space to the right. Each item is color coded: blue for selected tasks, completed is grey, and active tasks are green. FabuList allows you to filter through projects by using the buttons in the upper left of the screen. You can filter within a specific time frame, view overdue items not completed yet or view ones with no specified date.


  • Is perfect for quick lists, detailed projects, or anything in between
  • Can display multiple levels of sub projects
  • Uses color as an easy way of identifying to-do items (tasks) as well as projects and sub-projects
  • Does not require an internet connection to use
  • Five one-touch date filters for quick views of to-do items due within a specified timeframe
  • ‘Overdue' button shows overdue items that are not yet completed
  • ‘No date' button shows all items without a due date

FabuList is a pretty good organizer app for the PlayBook. I admit there should be a way to create projects before entering in a task, a way to back up other than Desktop Manager, and the option of more than just three colors. However, it has potential and I hope future updates will bring added functionality. For those of you who like to group projects and see it all laid out in front of you then this is the app for you. FabuList is currently on sale for $4.99 (regular $9.99) and is available from BlackBerry App World

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Keep track of your projects with FabuList for the BlackBerry PlayBook


^^ I'm glad I'm not the only one wondering how this this was allowed to pass. Even if I was drunk I wouldn't use it hahaha. Shouldn't need beer googles for software ewwwwww

Jesus Mother Mary and Joseph, was that UI made in MS Paint?! God awful, it looks like the crappy software you get with cheap chinese imported hardware...

THE worst UI i've seen in most recent years.. HOly cow how can a person/company release a product with that kind of UI? This is embarrassing for the person but to PlayBook as well.

this is unusable with this UI/colour scheme. The programming might be the best coder on the planet but who would actually want to look at it. At some point the programmer AND RIM should have said...great program, looks like A$$ find someone to make it look better.

...back to android? If thats what people want then let them have it. I mean the text entry boxes don't line up, colour scheme is horrible. The only good thing is the layout (generally). IMO it looks sloppy and unprofessional.

Try Conqu or uTrack for the PB. Your options are endless if you are looking for an online PM system. Just Google it.

Conqu is very good on the PB. ToDoMatrix Pro is very good on a BB. I'm still waiting for someone to make the final step to provide a seemless transition between both devices.

even ms dos would be ashamed of this design.
let me think, which one should i buy, dead space or this. they're both 10bucks... DUDE get your act together!

Give the dude a break, at least he/she is trying. True, not the best or professional looking UI, but maybe after reading these comments they will clean it up a but. It has the potential to be a really good app.

this may be a really usefull app and no one would have complained if he/she charged 0.99$. But for EVERYTHING >5$ I expect something decent.
pay a webdesigner if you can't do it on your own and are planning to charge THIS much.

I agree, UI could be improved. But I use it, and it works WAY better than any other list app I've found. I like to be able to divide my lists with lots of category levels and this lets me do this. There's no doubt that Conqu looks nice, but it doesn't do nearly as much. Even thogh Conqu is free, Im happy to pay for this app because it works the way I want.

Good to know. Looking at the reviews on App World people seem to like it.
Not all programmers are designers. You are brave to give it a chance!

I'm sure the app is good but the comments here are an excellent testament on how UI design matters. I bet this guy is losing 80% of his potential sales because of his atrocious UI.

PlayBook has NO apps, yet people like Kevin are going keep trying to convince people that the UI is SO spectacular! The reality is that RIM has TERRIBLE developer tools, so developers are stuck making "GameBoy" like UI/UX, that bring users back to the 90's! Of course, RIM management will probably never even find out about this or if they did, would probably ignore it, hoping it would just go away! That's pretty much the philosophy of this "dying" company & probably will never change! The good thing is: they have about 18 months of life left in them! That's remarkable considering RIM's buried ALIVE!